Teaching Team

Mother Anita, Rector of Emmanuel Day School

Mother Anita began her teaching career as a teenager in Lancaster, PA teaching music to disadvantaged children at summer camp. Ever since then she has relished her time in the classroom. For 13 years Mother Anita served as chaplain at The Episcopal Academy, PA where in addition to teaching K – 12 she coached varsity boys swimming and varsity boys water polo. She was initially attracted to Emmanuel by the Emmanuel Day School. EDS continues to be one of her favorite aspects of life at Emmanuel. She is trained as Godly Play instructor by the founder of Godly Play, Dr. Jerome Berryman. She looks forward to another great year at EDS and welcomes the opportunity to get to know new and returning students and their families. Mother Anita is married to Steve MacAusland, “Mr. Steve.” They have 4 children and 2 grandsons.


blogger-image--1367198820Left to Right – Miss Kate, Miss Terri, Miss Carissa

Carissa M. Perkowski – Director for Emmanuel Day School

A native of Litchfield, CT, Carissa  is thrilled be the director and education coordinator of the Emmanuel Day School. She is a certified Early Childhood Educator with a Master’s of Education from Post University. As a graduate of Salve Regina University, with a BS in Early Childhood Education, she is honored to teach in such a wonderful community. It is her goal to work collaboratively with teachers, parents and the staff and congregation of Emmanuel Church to foster a learning environment that excites the imagination, inspires creativity and instills a lifelong passion for learning.  She lives with her husband, new baby Harrison and bulldog in Middletown.


Kate Frantz – Lead Teacher

Kate joined the EDS teaching staff in September of 2011.  She began her career in 1996 by working with young children through different volunteer organizations such as MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Girl Scouts, School Volunteer Reading Literacy Programs, and Christian Education at Portsmouth United Methodist Church where she co-chaired the department for 3 years.   Kate has completed the Early Childhood Education Training Program through CCRI and two levels of training for aligning curriculum with the Rhode Island Early Learning Standards through URI.  She views her role in early childhood education as being a guide on an exciting journey of discovery and learning in a setting where the child can touch and explore having all the senses enlivened with art and color, music, and texture.  The theorists and teaching approaches which have influenced her teaching practice the most are Erik Erikson by focusing curriculum on real things and on doing, encouraging children to be as independent as developmentally possible, focusing on the process of what children do and not the outcome or mistakes; John Piaget by his belief that children have their own rate of development, and that children need to interact with their environment to construct knowledge.  Children need to experience what we want them to learn.  Her mission is play, believing that through play, the child develops thoughtfulness, intelligence, and self-confidence.   Our play is intentional with the goal being to build a child up, and to encourage the child to be the best person they can be!


Terri Traeger- Teacher

Terri has been with Emmanuel Day School for 14 years and enjoys working with young children. Terri demonstrates her commitment to Emmanuel and to best practice by continuing studies in early childhood education each semester at CCRI. She is a native Newporter and a mother of three children. Terri feels blessed to aid in the learning foundation of young minds.

We must see that every child has equal opportunity not to become equal, but to become different– to realize the unique potential he or she possesses.”- John Fischer

Sarah Evans- Teacher 

Originally from Randolph, New Jersey she now calls Newport her home. She lives with her new baby daughter Blake and husband! They love the community and could not imagine raising their daughter anywhere else!  After graduating from Salve Regina University with a bachelors degree in history and a concentration in Early Childhood she quickly knew working with young children was her passion. She later received her Early Childhood degree while she was working with preschool children. Getting to know her students as learners and as people consistently makes her day. She believes it’s important to provide each child with a safe, fun and nurturing environment where they can learn to be independent through exploration and play. With over 10 years of teaching experience she is so excited to join Emmanuel Day School’s team!